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Encyclopedia > Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi
Constituency Amethi , Uttar Pradesh

Born 19 June 1970 (1970-06-19) (age 37)
New Delhi, Delhi
Political party Indian National Congress
Residence New Delhi
As of 22 September 2006
Source: [1]

Rahul Gandhi (born 19 June 1970) is an Indian politician and member of the Parliament of India, representing the Amethi constituency.[1] His political party is the Indian National Congress.[2] If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... Amethi is a place in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the south-western part of Sultanpur. ... , Uttar Pradesh (Hindi: , Urdu: , IPA:  , translation: Northern Province), [often referred to as U.P.], located in central-south Asia and northern India, is the most populous and fifth largest state in the Republic of India. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , This article is about the capital city of India. ... , For other uses, see Delhi (disambiguation). ... Indian National Congress, Congress-I (also known as the Congress Party and abbreviated INC) is a major political party in India. ... , This article is about the capital city of India. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sansad Bhavan, The Parliament of India The Parliament of India (or Sansad) is bicameral. ... Amethi is a place in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the south-western part of Sultanpur. ... Indian National Congress, Congress-I (also known as the Congress Party and abbreviated INC) is a major political party in India. ...

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Family

Gandhi is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi political family, the son of current Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister who was assassinated in 1991. Gandhi was 14 years old when his grandmother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her security guards. His great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first Prime Minister of India. His great-great-grandfather, Motilal Nehru, was a distinguished leader of the Indian independence movement.[3] In 2004, he reportedly had a Spanish girlfriend, an architect whom he met in England.[4] The family of Motilal Nehru, who is seated in the centre. ... The President of the All India Congress Committee, and therefore of the Congress Party as a whole, is known as the Congress President. ... Sonia Gandhi (Hindi: , IPA: ), born Sonia Antonia Maino on December 9, 1946, is an Italian-born Indian politician, the President of the Indian National Congress and the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. ... Rajiv Ratna Gandhi राजीव गाधीं (IPA: ), born in Mumbai, (August 20, 1944 – May 21, 1991), the eldest son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi, was the 7th Prime Minister of India (and the 2nd from the Gandhi family) from his mothers death on 31 October 1984 until his resignation on December 2... A young Indira Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, during one of the latters fasts Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: ) (19 November 1917 - October 31, 1984) She was the Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in... Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (Hindi: , IPA: (November 14, 1889 – May 27, 1964) was a major political leader of the Congress Party, a pivotal figure in the Indian independence movement and the first Prime Minister of independent India. ... The Prime Minister of India is, in practice, the most powerful person in the Government of India. ... The family of Motilal Nehru, who is seated in the centre. ... The term Indian independence movement is diffused, incorporating various national and regional campaigns, agitations and efforts of both Nonviolent and Militant philosophy and involved a wide spectrum of Indian political organizations, philosophies, and movements which had the common aim of ending the British Colonial Authority as well as other colonial...


Education and career before politics

Rahul Gandhi attended St.Columba's School, New Delhi[5] before entering the The Doon School. The Doon School had been his father's alma mater. [6] Rahul Gandhi attended Doon from 1981-83 before being home-schooled for security reasons.[citation needed] His admission to St Stephen's College was controversial as he was believed to have been admitted on the basis of his abilities as a competitive pistol shooter, which was disputed.[citation needed] He left the school in 1990, after one year of education.[5] The Doon School was Indias first public school and owes its existence to the vision and foresight of Mr. ... For other uses, see Alma mater (disambiguation). ... For other St. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... This article is about the year. ...


It is reported that Harvard alumni records list him as attending between 1990 and 1993 but not as completing a degree.[7]. He transferred, reportedly due to security concerns following his father's assassination, to Rollins College in Florida where he completed a B.A. in 1994[8]. During the parliamentary elections in 2004, Gandhi claimed that he had received an MPhil in Development Economics after attending Trinity College, Cambridge. Media enquiries report that he attended under the alias "Raul Vinci". Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Rollins College is an institution of higher learning located in Winter Park, Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Full name The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Motto Virtus vera nobilitas Virtue is true Nobility Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names King’s Hall and Michaelhouse (until merged in 1546) Established 1546 Sister College(s) Christ Church Master The Lord Rees of Ludlow Location Trinity Street... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ...


He worked in London with the strategy consultancy firm Monitor Group,[citation needed] before returning to India in late 2002 to run an engineering and technology outsourcing firm in Mumbai[9]. Monitor Group is a global strategy and management consulting firm headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... , Bombay redirects here. ...


Political career

In 2003, there was widespread media speculation about Gandhi's imminent entry into national politics, which he did not deny.[citation needed] He appeared with his mother at public events and Congress meetings.[citation needed] He also travelled to Pakistan on a goodwill visit to watch the first series between the countries in 14 years in an One Day International with his sister Priyanka Gandhi.[10] The Indian cricket team in Pakistan in 2003-04 played 3 Tests First Test – Pakistan v India – Multan Cricket Stadium – India by innings and 52 runs Second Test – Pakistan v India – Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – Pakistan by 9 wickets Third Test – Pakistan v India – Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium – India by innings and... A One-day International (ODI) cricket match is a one-day cricket match played between two international teams each representing a particular country. ... Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (born Delhi January 12, 1972), is an Indian politician. ...


Speculation heightened in January 2004 about him and his sister's possible entry into politics when they visited their father's former constituency of Amethi, which their mother held at the time. He refused to give a definitive response, stating "I am not averse to politics. I have not decided when I will enter politics and indeed, if I ever will."[11] Amethi is a place in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the south-western part of Sultanpur. ...


In March 2004, he announced his entry into politics by announcing that he would contest the May 2004 elections, standing for his father's former constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha, India's lower house of Parliament.[12] Before that, his uncle Sanjay held the seat before a plane crash. The seat had been held by his mother until she transferred to the neighbouring seat of Rae Bareilly. The Congress had been doing poorly in Uttar Pradesh, holding only 10 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state at the time.[13] At the time, this move generated surprise among political commentators, who had regarded his sister Priyanka as being the more charismatic and likely to succeed. Party officials did not have a CV ready for the media, such was the surprise of his move. It generated speculation that the presence of a young member of India's most famous political family would reinvigorate the Congress party's political fortunes among India's youthful population[14] In his first interview with foreign media, he portrayed himself as a uniter of the country and condemned "divisive" politics in India, saying that he would try to reduce caste and religious tensions.[12] His candidacy was greeted with excitement by locals, who had a long standing affinity with the family's presence in the area.[13] Amethi is a place in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the south-western part of Sultanpur. ... , Uttar Pradesh (Hindi: , Urdu: , IPA:  , translation: Northern Province), [often referred to as U.P.], located in central-south Asia and northern India, is the most populous and fifth largest state in the Republic of India. ... The Lok Sabhha (alternatively titled, the House of the People, by the Constitution of India) is the lower house in the Parliament of India. ... Sanjay Gandhi (December 14, 1946 –- June 23, 1980) was an Indian politician, the younger son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and politician Feroze Gandhi. ... Raebareli is a city in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. ... Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (born Delhi January 12, 1972), is an Indian politician. ... CV (and its variants cV, Cv, and cv) is a two-letter abbreviation that can stand for: Curriculum vitæ (Latin for course of life), also known as a Résumé; a summary of academic and professional history and achievements Aircraft carrier, United States Navys hull classification symbol Calculus of... The Indian caste system describes the social stratification and social restrictions in the Indian subcontinent, in which social classes are defined by thousands of endogamous, hereditary groups often termed as jātis or castes. ... An Indian Muslim couple weds on the bank of Karnatakas Tungabhadra River. ...


He won with a landslide majority, retaining the family stronghold with a margin of over 100,000 as the Congress unexpectedly defeated the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.[15] His campaign was directed by his younger sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.[citation needed] The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] (Hindi: , translation: Indian Peoples Party), created in 1980, is a major right wing Indian political party. ... Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (born Delhi January 12, 1972), is an Indian politician. ...


Although he holds no other office and concentrates mainly on constituency issues and the politics of Uttar Pradesh, it has been widely speculated in the Indian and international press that Sonia Gandhi is trying to groom him for a chance to become a national-level Congress leader in the future.[16]


In January 2006, at a convention of the Indian National Congress in Hyderabad, thousands of party members asked for Gandhi to take a more prominent leadership role in the party and demanded that he address the delegates. He said "I appreciate and I am grateful for your feelings and support. I assure you I will not let you down", but asked for patience and declined to immediately seek a higher profile role.[17] Indian National Congress, Congress-I (also known as the Congress Party and abbreviated INC) is a major political party in India. ... For other uses, see Hyderabad. ...


Gandhi and his sister managed their mother's campaign for reelection to Rae Bareilly in 2006, which was won easily with a margin greater than 400,000 votes.[18] Raebareli is a city in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. ...


He was a prominent figure in a high profile Congress campaign for the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections; Congress, however, won only 22 seats with 8.53% of votes. The election saw the Bahujan Samaj Party, which represents low caste Indians, to become the first party to govern in its own right in Uttar Pradesh for 16 years.[19] For the Nepalese party, see Bahujan Samaj Party, Nepal. ...


Rahul Gandhi has been appointed as an All India Congress Committee general secretary on 24 September 2007 in a reshuffle of the party secretariat.[20]


Rahul Gandhi has also been given charge of the Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India as part of the Congress Party reshuffle on 24 September 2007.[21] He attended the Congress Working Committee meeting held at New Delhi on 8 November 2007.


Image

Rahul Gandhi's legal affairs team has taken a number of heavy-handed measures to prevent damage to his image. For example, when Newsweek alleged in late 2006 that he had not completed his degrees at Harvard and Cambridge or kept his job at the Monitor Group, they were slapped with a legal notice, following which they hastily retracted or qualified their earlier statements.[22] The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Harvard redirects here. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. ... Monitor Group is a global strategy and management consulting firm headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Notice is the legal concept describing a requirement that a party be aware of legal process affecting their rights, obligations or duties. ...


Criticism

Rahul Gandhi counted the 1971 break-up of Pakistan among his family's "achievements". This statement invited criticism from several political parties in India, as well as from notable people in Pakistan including the Foreign Office spokesperson [23]. Well-known historian Irfan Habib remarked that the comments were "..an insult to the Bangladesh movement. Rahul is free to say whatever he wants to, but in a democratic country playing up family is certainly not in good taste."[24] Combatants Mukti Bahini India Pakistan Commanders Col. ... Irfan Habib (1931- ) is a Marxist Indian historian, a professor at the Aligarh Muslim University and a former Chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research. ... Liberation War commemoration poster Mukti Bahini (Bengali: ) (Liberation Army), also termed as the Freedom Fighters or FFs was a guerrilla force which fought against the Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. ...


During the Uttar Pradesh election campaign in 2007 he said that "if anyone from the Gandhi-Nehru family had been active in politics then, the Babri Masjid would not have fallen". This was interpreted as an attack on P.V. Narasimha Rao, the Prime Minister during the demolition of the mosque in 1992. Gandhi's statement triggered a controversy with some members of BJP, the Samajwadi Party and the Left dubbing him as both "anti-Hindu" and "anti-Muslim"[25]. A view of the Babri Mosque, pre-1992. ... Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao (June 28, 1921 - December 23, 2004) was the ninth Prime Minister of the Republic of India. ... The Prime Minister of India is, in practice, the most powerful person in the Government of India. ... Samajwadi Party flag Samajwadi Party (Socialist Party) is a political party in India. ...


His remarks on freedom fighters and the Nehru-Gandhi family have been criticized by BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu who asked "Will the Gandhi family take responsibility for imposition of emergency?"[26] The family of Motilal Nehru, who is seated in the centre. ... Categories: Indian politicians | Politics stubs ...


See also

Indian National Congress, Congress-I (also known as the Congress Party and abbreviated INC) is a major political party in India. ... Jawaharlal Nehru The Nehru-Gandhi (नेहरू-गान्धी परिवार) family is a political dynasty in India, which has been dominant in the Indian National Congress for most of its history. ...

References

  1. ^ Vidya Subrahmaniam (18 April 2004). Gandhi detergent washes away caste. The Times of India. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  2. ^ Sudip Mazumdar (25 December 2006). Charisma Is Not Enough. Newsweek International. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  3. ^ M.V.Kamath. Does Congress want to perpetuate Nehru-Gandhi dynasty?. Samachar. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  4. ^ Indian Express
  5. ^ a b George Iype (23 March 2004). Rahul Gandhi: Up Close & Personal. Rediff.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  6. ^ [searchindia.com/search/indian-politicians-rajiv-gandhi.html Indian Politician - Profile of Rajiv Gandhi]. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  7. ^ The Hindu Frontline magazine, 10-23 April 2004
  8. ^ The Hindustan Times, 16 January 2007
  9. ^ Want to be CEO of Rahul Gandhi's firm?
  10. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | Musharraf mother meets Indian PM
  11. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | Gandhi fever in Indian heartlands
  12. ^ a b BBC NEWS | South Asia | Rahul attacks 'divisive' politics
  13. ^ a b BBC NEWS | South Asia | Gandhi fever in Indian heartlands
  14. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | The riddle of Rahul Gandhi
  15. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | India elections: Good day - bad day
  16. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, 21 August 2004; The Telegraph India, 20 May 2006; BBC News, 26 May 2004.
  17. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | Rahul Gandhi declines party role
  18. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | India's communists upbeat over future
  19. ^ BBC NEWS | South Asia | Uttar Pradesh low caste landslide
  20. ^ "Rahul Gandhi gets Congress post", BBC News, 2007-19-24. Retrieved on 2007-09-24. 
  21. ^ "Rahul Gandhi gets Youth Congress Charge", The Hindu, 2007-19-25. Retrieved on 2007-09-25. 
  22. ^ Newsweek apologises to Rahul Gandhi
  23. ^ Subramanian, Nirupama. "Pakistan resents Rahul's remarks", The hindu, April 16, 2007. 
  24. ^ Islamic clerics fume over Rahul remarks Hindustan Times - April 16, 2007
  25. ^ I appreciate Narasimha Rao: Rahul Gandhi Times of India - April 4, 2007
  26. ^ BJP takes strong exception to Rahul's statement Hindustan Times - April 15, 2007

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Lok Sabha
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2004 – present
Incumbent
The Lok Sabhha (alternatively titled, the House of the People, by the Constitution of India) is the lower house in the Parliament of India. ... Sanjay Gandhi (December 14, 1946 –- June 23, 1980) was an Indian politician, the younger son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and politician Feroze Gandhi. ... Amethi is a place in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the south-western part of Sultanpur. ...

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